(NewsReady.com) – Billionaire and DNC candidate Tom Steyer is searching for ways to stand out among what remains of the presidential primary field. His self-purported number-one priority as president is to address climate change. Now, Steyer is also taking a look at doubling federal funding for pre-K through 12th-grade schooling.
Every student deserves a pathway to success, even if they do not go to college. We must expand apprenticeships and workforce credentials in high school to give every student the skills needed to thrive. https://t.co/M9BFTmqaMW
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) February 6, 2020
In particular, Steyer believes that students of color and those from low-income families would benefit the most through improved funding. To accomplish this, he proposes universal access to “high-quality” preschool programs and matching teacher salaries with federal dollars.
According to him, this additional funding would reduce the current dropout rate by half. It would also increase high school apprenticeships and workforce credentials while limiting the expansion of charter school programs, among other outcomes.
While this program is ambitious, it isn’t on par with what the more progressive candidates, like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), put forth.
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